Articles from Asia

Mixed outcomes as state farmland is given over to energy projects

Around 0.09 per cent of ALRO land – or about 3,695 rai (591 hectares) of a total 41 million rai – has already been used for these undertakings as per NCPO order 31/2560. The order has been criticised by land activists, academics and farmers who see it as an attempt to seize land preserved for landless farmers in order to top up the wealth of energy and mining conglomerates.
8 Oct 2017

Israeli Environment Ministry Recommends Scaling Down Wind Turbine Plans in Galilee

Three companies want more than 70 turbines to go up, but the ministry says residents’ ears, the landscape, birds and bats would suffer as a result; The ministry’s opinion relies on a paper by the companies themselves. The ministry says 13 of the turbines would be less than 500 meters from homes, which conflicts with the recommendations of both the environmental protection and health ministries because of the noise.
13 Sep 2017

The bustard and the windmill

Deserts, often considered wastelands, are crucibles of spectacular wildlife, but they are threatened by India’s ambitious renewable energy generation target of 175 GW by 2022. The ecological footprint of an individual wind turbine or solar panel might be negligible, but massive wind or solar farms require huge swathes of land. Roads are constructed to lug turbines, and earthmovers rip through forests or grasslands, permanently altering the landscape.
2 Sep 2017

Sector volatility hurts Suzlon profits

Under the old subsidy system, all projects qualified to receive a fixed rate for their power. The new one is designed to give the government more control of the capacity built and the cost of each new contract. ...According to the ratings agency India Ratings and Research, there could be a substantial dip in wind capacity additions in the current financial year ending March 31.
13 Aug 2017

OAG starts wind farm 'collusion' inquiry; Ex-officials face 'conflict of interest' investigation

On Jan 31, the Nakhon Ratchasima Administrative Court ruled the Chaiyaphum land reform committee's decision to lease the land to Thep Sathit Wind Farm Co was unlawful and ordered it revoked. According to the court, the land lease for the company breached the agricultural land reform law which requires that use of Sor Por Kor land for activities other than agriculture can be done only if the activities are in the interests of farmers.
27 Feb 2017

Tension in the air with proposed wind plant

Renowned biodiversity expert Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda has questioned a poorly researched Initial Environment Examination Report (IEER) saying it poses a threat to the Vankalai Sanctuary near Mannar. ...He also says that the IEER provides almost no evidence that the unique natural heritage offered by the Vankalai Sanctuary will be preserved as a result of the project, especially with regard to bird life with the proposed transmission line. “This is a matter of urgent national importance and there needs to be a public debate on this plan."
27 Jun 2016

The Infamous Wind Farms of Udumalpet

Grid connectivity is not streamlined, so problems arise due to inconsistent supply from the windmills. Local industries blame them for disruptions in power supply, eventually resulting in damage to expensive equipment. While one can argue in favor of the little electricity these windmills produce, it remains to be seen how much loss has been incurred from their use of farm land, installation, and connectivity costs—and, of course, the costs of frequent disruptions from rain.
23 Jun 2016

KEPCO pulls out of its bid to acquire wind power plants in U.S.

KEPCO initially projected that its investment in the wind power plants would generate a stable return of 6 percent to 7 percent per annum as the power plants had a 20-year long contract with the local electricity firms. However, the pre-feasibility study done by Korea Development Institute (KDI) on the request from the Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance found that the investment would yield a mere 2 percent annual return.
3 Jun 2016

Siemens to pay Israel NIS 160m penalty for bribery

German electronics giant has agreed to pay the Israeli government a NIS 160 million penalty for bribing senior Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) (TASE: ELEC.B22) executives to rig a tender for turbines more than ten years ago. Siemens will also appoint an external inspector for supervision over their activities in Israel.
2 May 2016

Inferior technology turbines burst into fire

In-flames_thumb Ratlam, INDIA : There is a great thrust in the area of renewable energy and state governments go extra mile to attract projects but in the race for generating green energy, it looks like quality and superior technology are taking a back seat. On 23 March an INOX wind turbine went up in flames emitting huge amount of smoke creating panic among the villagers nearby in last week. The incident happened in Jasdhan, Rajkot, Gujarat. 
9 Apr 2016

Facing grid constraints, China puts a chill on new wind energy projects

"The main cause of idling turbines is an overcapacity in China's power generation," said Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University. "China's power supply currently surpasses its demand by 20 to 25 percent. All the electricity producers in the country are going through a tough time, and wind power developers are not an exception."
28 Mar 2016

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